Elizabeth Olsen, the star of the MCU TV show WandaVision, will have a lead role in a new limited series for HBO Max. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Olsen will star in the show Love and Death, which is a series about a murder in Texas in 1980.
Olsen has been hired to play Candy Montgomery, the real-life person who was convicted of killing her neighbor, Betty Gore, with an ax. The Handmaid’s Tale star Elisabeth Moss will also play Candy on a separate television show for Hulu called Candy.
HBO Max’s Love and Death is adapted from John Blossom and Jim Atkinson’s book, Evidence of Love: A True Story of Passion and Death in the Suburbs. It is also based on the Texas Monthly series they wrote, Love & Death in Silicon Prairie.
“His talent, charisma and energy can cast a spell on audiences like no other,” said Kevin Beggs of Lionsgate TV. “We can’t imagine a more perfect artist to play the lead role of Candy than Elizabeth Olsen.”
Love and Death is written by David E. Kelley (Big Little Lies) and directed by Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland).
The Candy Montgomery story was adapted in 1990 by CBS for a television movie called A Killing in a Small Town.